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International Grants

J-Camp

J-Camp

  • Grant period: 2011 ->>
J-Camp is a new educational project for children, launched with the initiative and support of Genesis Philanthropy Group.

This Jewish international camp for children and teenagers combines recreation, sports, physical wellness and quality education.

In 2011, two organizations participated in developing the curriculum and organizing the camp: Adain Lo, a Saint Petersburg organization supporting and promoting Jewish culture, and the Zebra Agency. In 2012, a new partner was added to enhance the educational component – the Institute of Informal Education (INO), led by renowned Russian-speaking Jewish informal educator, Dima Zicer.

In August 2011, 164 participants from Russia and the US, between the ages of 8 and 16, came together for a 12-day program led by experienced madrichim (counselors) and educators from various Jewish organizations of Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2012, the program was extended to 15 days and brought together 200 participants. In 2013, J-Camp offered an additional winter session to accommodate more participants and extend the length of its programs.

In the summer of 2013, for the first time ever, two sessions were organized, bringing together nearly 280 participants. The first session welcomed children ages 6 to 10, and the second was open for those ages 10 to 18.

In 2014, a record number of 352 children from Moscow, as well as other Russian cities and countries visited three sessions of the camp: 6-10, 11-13 and 14-17 y.o.

The camp team is developing the program on a yearly basis, by continuously introducing some new components. For example, in 2013 former J-camp participants were involved as assistant madrichim. Additionally, in order to keep in line with modern standards and simultaneously educate children about ecological issues, separate waste collection was introduced. In the summer of 2014, both components were further developed (i.e. young madrichim had to participate in several educational seminars and on- line sessions during the year) and repeated.

In addition, the new component of "volunteering" was added to the program in 2014. Teenagers from the elder group not only had a day session devoted to this topic but were also offered to practice it (including visiting children at the cancer clinic, going to the dog's hospice, or spending time with orphans). Finally, 18 participants expressed their willingness to continue with volunteering activities.

Goals and Objectives

  • Develop a harmonious program that combines entertainment, sports, wellness and education.
  • Create an international team of professional camp counselors.
  • Develop and implement a professional public relations campaign to attract more children to the camp.
  • Develop this project into a mostly self-sufficient, full-scale, year-round program.